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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 1,382
Hads: 3,485
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 211
Gots: 388 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-30-2001

Double Cream Stout derives its name from its smooth, creamy texture, not the ingredients. Completely dairy-free, this stout blends ten different specialty malts to yield a remarkable depth of flavor. With only a touch of burnt notes, Double Cream Stout focuses on the softer, cocoa & espresso-like aspects of roasted malt.
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Reviews: 1,382 | Hads: 3,485
Photo of DrDemento456
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black. It has some head so I guess I got a fresh bottle.
S - burnt and slight peppery
T - coffee and pepper dominate with a slight bitter.
M - Creamy and delicious. Burnt not too dominant.
D - I could finish a couple and enjoy them.

Overall I expected sort of a milk stout but got more of a peppery magic hat "Howl" with a smoother body. Would buy again.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Bruery tulip... Good looking beer, black, with a big medium tan head, great retention and lacing... The aroma reminds me of an oatmeal stout, a little sweet and super creamy, cocoa, a hint of chocolate, smells great... The taste loses a lot of the creaminess and relies mostly on the cocoa notes, a bit of bitter chocolate. While's it good, just didn't live up to what I was expecting. Some interesting prune notes come out, a touch too much alcohol on the finish... The feel is a bit too hot, could be more full too.

This was pretty darn good, frankly I'm surprised. I'd gladly have this again.

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Photo of Gusler
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a midnight black color with a monstrous light chocolate head that creamy in its consistency and the left over lace a fine satiny sheet to meld with the glass. Rich chocolate malt sweet nose, coffee, roasted grain and just a treasure to sniff, front is ambrosial, full and rich as is the full bodied top. Finish is bittersweet, mildly acidic, bone dry and a real pleasing beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was a thin, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A nice, sweet aroma of cream, coffee and malt.

T: Like the smell, the taste had notes of coffee, cream and roasted malt. Much sweeter than I thought it might be, but still pretty flavorful.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a very dry finish. Medium-bodied, not as a chewy as some stouts.

D: An easy to drink version of a milk stout.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass and received a black cola-esque, viscous brew that left a mountainous head (size and appearance) that receeded slowly and left some lace patches. Some roasted and sweet malts in the nose, like chocoalte and coffee, but not much going on. Extremely creamy and smooth are the first two adjectives to come to mind. There is a residual sweetness from chocolate and coffee malts are noticeable, but it finishes with a nominal dry backbite. Also may have detected some caramel and toffee (maybe even honey - a thickness and stickiness not found in too many stouts). ABV is barely noticeable even as the beer warms the tongue.
This is not the most complex beer, probably not even my fave stout, but something about this beer (reminded me of yoo-hoo or something w/ alcohol)...if it was on tap or something at a local watering hole I'd be sessioning this hours. Just my opinion and personal taste.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: dark brown black with 1 finger creamy head

Smell: coffee, mocha, malts

Taste: mokah, little iron or oxidation,

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, creamy, smooth

Overall: A very enjoyable cream stout just wish it didn't have that iron / oxidation aftertaste.



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Photo of dirtylou
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: black and bold, chocolate brown thick and creamy head (like most of the bell's stouts), head fades but laces the glass

smell: fairly mild, sweet milk chocolate, light coffee and cream, faint cherry, slight roastiness to the aroma as well

taste: milk chocolate, light coffee roast, quite sweet.

mouthfeel: rich and creamy, thick and chewy

drinkability: not as heavy as other bell's stouts, refreshing like chocolate milk

Not the first bell's stout i would seek out but a great milk/sweet stout

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip. My bottle lists it as 6.1% and not 7.5% alcohol

A: Black with a big dark tan head that recedes slowly. There's a mild carbonation that makes the head look like bubbly mold (in a good way)

S: A creamy chocolate predominates the nose with the smell of white grapes which i find very interesting. There's a ton of milky smells, like a good shake, almost. Delicious!

T: Creamy chocolate with hints of caramel and toffee. Very tasty but a little thin for my liking. The finish is slightly burnt malts.

M: Silky smooth. Very good

D: I could keep drinking these for a long long time.

**Edit 18 April 2011**
Batch 8273, bottled Dec 19th, 2007.

The nose has developed a little oxidation and stale cardboard-like character. However, there's an enjoyable blend of chocolate, oatmeal and a little coffee present, along with a touch of fruit. The palate opens remarkably well for a beer that wasn't meant to be aged. Still some bright coffee and chocolate with a fruitiness that's more young wine than port or prunes. Oxidation is much better expressed on the palate than on the nose. Medium in body with soft, creamy carbonation, this feels pretty good. Solid stuff, this is probably better fresh, as it feels like it's a little thinner than I remember.


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Photo of xnicknj
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at POPE in philly

A - Pours midnight black with a substantial, yet fading head, leading to some spotty lacing.

S - Dark roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of alcohol.

T - Plenty of dry roasted malts in the beginning along with coffee beans and woodyness. Hints of dark chocolate and vanilla are present but plenty of hops peek through especially in the end. Finishes dark and dry with some lingering sweetness.

M/D - Slightly heavier body but still very tingly and chewy. Smooth, creamy, and drinkable.

This is about as tasty as it gets for the style.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle decanted as instructed by Bells in an Imperial Pint.

A - Very dark amber - pretty much opaque - with a very small dark tan head that disappears pretty fast.

S - Roasted coffee and malts are bit on the nose. A slightly creamy vanilla is present too.

T - Bitter coffee is the main flavor with roasted malts, a creaminess, and a dry finish taking a back seat.

M - Creamy and smooth mouthfeel with very little amounts of bubbles are followed by a dry finish.

D - Its a rich beer that is demanding of attention. Not too drinkable after one. And its a sipper at that.

Allow to warm up to 55 degrees or higher after decanting. Much better at a warmer temp.

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Photo of barczar
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been in the fridge a while.

Pours an opaque deep brown with garnet highlights and a solid half inch tan head that lingers. My beer has floaties.

Chocolate, nuts, diacetyl, and subtle dark fruit begin the aroma. Toffee, toasted malt, and light roast malt add complexity.

Flavor is very buttery and fairly sweet, with sherry-like fruit emerging and leading to chocolate, roast malt, and a lightly bitter finish. Pretty subtle transitions. The finish is a touch acrid.

Body is moderate, creamy with fairly low carbonation.

Very good stout that probably developed the sherry quality due to age. Think I'd rather it not be there.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Poured very near black with a light brown head that was quick to dissipate and left minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas were of chocolate and roasted malts; rather sweet smelling. Tastes were of bold dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of coffee. Finished nicely sweet with some milk chocolate as well. Mouth-feel was velvety smooth and creamy. Another solid brew from Bell's!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is quite smoky with notes of burnt coffee and caramel and a hint of licorice. It pours a luscious opaque sable with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled, if not too persistent, head. Mouth-filling flavor has burnt coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and licorice notes with a hint of caramel. Smooth, firm-bodied texture has a fair amount of fizz and leaves a smoky, tingly finish. I had this before on tap, and as good as it is in a bottle, as with most beers it is better from a keg or barrel.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, black ink in color with a tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Lacing is basically non-existent. Nose picks up nothing but huge amounts of roasted malts - bittersweet chocolate and some sweet coffee. Toasted barley in the background brings everything together. Taste contains traces of black licorice with lots of super bitter chocolate, deep notes of strong, black coffee, molasses, slight nutty tones, heavy wood chips on the back of the tongue. Ending contains quite a bit of hop flavor - leafy and herbal in character, notes of tobacco and leather. Bitterness fads into the aftertaste and balances nicely with the sweetness of the malt. This beer tastes like it could be a porter but it's got the body of a stout. Mouth is left with some cocoa notes and faint herbal bitterness. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, medium body, maybe a little thinner than expected, with medium-high carbonation.

Had this beer a long time ago and was blown away. This time around, it didn't impress quite as much. But it's still an excellent beer - definitely one to try if you're a fan of Bell's.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the General Store next to the Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, MI. Batch # 8314 printed on the label. Served in a nonic. Poured a deep, opaque brown, almost black, with ruby red highlights around the edges. Half-inch khaki-colored head with good retention and ample sticky lacing throughout the tasting. Scents of malt and cream, but very subdued. Flavors of coffee and chocolate with a malt background and a nice roasted character followed by a pleasant sweet cream finish. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with a light carbonation bite. This brew went down very easy, combined with the fact that the alcohol was very well hidden, makes the drinkability quite exceptional for the style.

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Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another highlight of the 2011 Brass Hat Brewing Brew Fest in Watertown, CT last weekend, this Bell's beauty shows an opaque brown-black with a thin but solid light brown head. Lacing follows suit and coats nicely. The aroma leads heavily with prominent coffee like a classic "milky" regular. Undercurrents of light chocolate and sweet seaweed round it out interestingly. The flavor really nails my remembrances of good old fashioned cream soda with plenty of vanilla and light coffee mixed in, along with a sweet dose of chocolate milk. A bit of a treat, perhaps on the dessert side of the beer world but not terribly so. Although it had a somewhat milky feel, I didn't find it perfectly creamy. It was actually a bit aqueous and a little thinner than I anticipated, medium-light bodied to my tastes, especially after a few imperial stouts! It was fairly drinkable for the style, especially if you have a fondness of soda-like brews and sweet treats. I liked it fine though i probably expected a little more guts from a Bell's brew.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kite and Key...

Pours a deep dark brown with thin yet fluffy khaki head. Smell is brown sugar forward with a nice roasted matl backbone. Taste is very sweet up front... the malts give a chocolate, carmel and molasses taste to the middle and hints of dark fruit, smoke and earth on the back end. Presence of bittering hops noted. Full bodied yet creamy. The heavy body and the super-sweet taste keep this otherwise yummy brew from being top notch.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque black color. An aggressive pour yields a creamy but surprisingly small light brown head.

Super malty nose as one would expect from a beer brewed with 10 kinds of malt. Somehow manages to be sweet AND roasty smelling. Smells like a milk chocolate shake and vanilla coffee beans.

Wow! That is smoooth. Alot of different flavors here. Most intriguing to me is the ability of this beer to be both chocolaty sweet, have plenty of roasty bitterness and still have a clean dry finish.

Fantastic stout, very easy to consume mass quantities. One of the best tasting stouts I have had.

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Photo of champ103
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Crane Ally in Urbana, IL

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A two finger tan head forms and sticks throughout. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Big roasted malt up front and center. Coffee, cereal grains, light chocolate. Then comes a metallic and almost acidic twang. That pretty much takes over in the finish.
T: Follows the nose with a big roasted malt, coffee, and cereal grain flavor. Finishes very metallic and acidic.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Just a bit on the thin side. Not hard to drink, but just not a fan of the metallic finish. Not something I am coming back to often.

Not a bad stout. It would be great if not for the metallic and acidic finish. I will probably try this a few more times because I have had wildly different experiences with different stout batches from Bell's.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-deep black color with a thick two fingers of coffee colored head that lingers for some time and leaves a nice lacing on the glass

S-light nose that consists of roasted malt, hint of chocolate cake batter, and some light citrus sweetness

T-a roasted malt hits first followed by some bitter sweet chocolate, cake batter, touches of coffee, dark fruits, some raisin and prune that gives it a sweetness at the finish

M-very smooth and creamy as the name would indicate, medium body with a fair bit of carbonation.

D-this is a solid tasting beer with a great mouthfeel and robust creamy flavors. I could drink this beer quite frequently.

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Photo of ZAP
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3/31/03-re-rate....I obviously had one of those "bad" Bell's beers the first time because I apparently have a good one in my glass right now that tastes nowhere near sour..this is a dandy..one of the best tasting cream stouts I've had..I'm upgrading myratings accordingly, but keep in my the inconsistencies with their beers...I have had numerous bad, sour Bell's beer in the past year or so...my bro came up with some two hearted...I had some on hand as well...his was off-tasting...mine was delicious...for the $$ you pay for this beer, I feel like I'm playing the lottery..will it be good?? If so their beers rock...or will it be sour and off-tasting...

Nose has that trademark Bells scent....sourish, but also some good chocolate mixed into it as well....the best thing about this beer is its body and mouthfeel...very creamy, smooth, and thick....feels like a good stout but the taste is only OK...some nice sweet cocoa...also some fruitiness like cherries probably from the yeast....that tartness is a little out of place in this beer but not unbearable...this is jet black in color and has a nice tan lace on top....has a real tartness on the long finish....a good beer, but the more of their stouts I drink, the more I find that sourness out of place...

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Photo of drpimento
3.39/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Odd duck. Seems to vary a little in its characteristics. This time, I don't think I'm imagining it and don't know how it could be possible - but it seems to me like the "cream" qualities, i.e. the lactose, is spoiled. I pick up some sour milk aroma and flavor. Other than that part the flavor is spot on and ditto aroma. Body is creamy and is, for me, one of my favorite kinds of beer: milk/cream stout. So easy drinking. Don't pick up any alcohol in this at all, so it's a sneaky one. Carbonation is perfect. Head is tan, fine and medium size. Nice lace. I'd give it much better rating except for the sour thing. And, admittadly my sensory apparatus is defective, soooo... I leave it there.

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Photo of Brenden
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is black with a thick and creamy look to it, and the brown head that develops adopts the same look, settling at about a finger and a half tall. Patchy lacing is left in good quantity.
The aroma offers up a big roasty malts backbone with a touch of vanilla-like sweetness and barley, with touches of char and coffee. All these malts also give vague aromas of fruits and something like anise or licorice.
This is a delicious brew; everything found in the nose can also be found in the flavor, and a balance touches in allowing for charred woods without going burnt. What's really delicious is the sweetness, one that makes this beer a sipper but delightfully so, not overpowering the palate and somehow allowing all the other flavors to mingle along with it. There's a real creamy lactic taste to it as well. Alcohol lingers lightly in a way it didn't in the aroma.
THe mouthfeel is thick and rich in a full body with an almost spritzy bit of crispness to it.
This is a very nice one from Bell's; aside from being a very good beer, pick this one up to satisfy a craving for malts or if you want something sweet.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured pitch black with a half finger tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cream, and slight roasted malt. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, roasted malt, and cream on the followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall the flavor on this one was kind of watered-down in my opinion. The aroma on this one isn't overly great either, but decent. Just seemed to be lacking in intensity in both aspects. With that said however, it is worth trying at least once. I could imagine this being mixed with Expedition and being QUITE good. Mouthfeel on this one was kind of thin as well for my taste. While this helps the drinkability of the brew, it also hurts it overall.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a nearly pitch black color with a fine, thin tan colored head. The head fades very fast to leave only a light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is on the sweeter side with a good presence of chocolate and a nice sweet lactose/milk aroma. Mixed with these smells are notes of a light coffee smell as well.

Taste – The taste begins with some flavors of a sweet milk chocolate and a roasted malt flavor. While upfront there is a good sweet milky presence, as the taste advances the sweet loses some of its ground and the flavor becomes more bitter and darker in nature. While this occurs, some lighter earthy hop flavors start coming to the tongue. These, in the end, when combined with the more roasted, lightly sweet, and darker chocolate flavors create a very nice roasty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thicker body was quite nice for the darker and roasted flavor of the brew and made it drink more like an 8-9 % abv brew as opposed to its 6.1 % abv nature.

Overall –Quite a tasty brew. It’s a “not too overly sweet” and fairly roasty cream stout. Well worth a try.

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 1,382 ratings.